Tottenham registered a much-needed win against Crystal Palace on Saturday and sent out a real statement with their dominant display.
With many players returning from the international break and the transfer window now closed, the game was seen as a fresh start for the team and they certainly made the most of it.
Serge Aurier was handed his first start of the season at right-back and the Ivorian was absolutely brilliant in the game. Heung Min Son was similarly impressive, registering two out of the four goals.
He was a constant threat down the right-hand side and contributed to two of Spurs’ four goals. Aurier’s cross was deflected into back the net for Spurs’ second goal before his brilliant cross-field ball was volleyed home sweetly by Son Heung-Min to put the Lilywhites 3-0 up.
Former Spurs striker Garth Crooks has named both Aurier and Son in his team of the week. While Crooks hailed Son’s electric display against Palace, he had some rather harsh words for Aurier.
He insisted that the full-back often makes him angry and claimed that he has to learn to respect the quality of the Premier League.
In his article for The BBC, Crooks wrote, “Every time I have seen Aurier play for Tottenham I have been left desperately disappointed and quite often angry.
“Disappointed because of his lack of performance and angry because of his inability to respect the depth of quality in the Premier League.
“This is not France where there are only a couple of decent teams in the league but the toughest and most demanding league in the world.
“Against Crystal Palace, the former Paris St-Germain defender woke up to that fact and finally played like it. And about time.”
On Heung Min Son, Crooks said: “I can’t believe Son has not scored a hat-trick in the Premier League. If anyone deserves to have that statistic firmly emblazoned on his CV it is the South Korea international.
“Son was electric against a Crystal Palace side who are blowing hot and cold these days and, against Spurs, were freezing. I understand manager Mauricio Pochettino spent an hour in a “clear the air” meeting with his players. If that’s the response, would he mind saving those discussions for the really big games?”
The full team of the week was as follows:
Aurier, Tomori, Maguire, Robertson;
Djenepo, Buendia, Cantwell;
Son, Abraham, Mane
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Serge Aurier has shown glimpses of his talent in a Tottenham shirt since moving from PSG in the summer of 2018 but his injury problems last season prevented him from getting a consistent run in the side. Tottenham have been missing a top-quality right-back option since Kyle Walker was sold to Manchester City a couple of seasons ago. Hopefully, Aurier will have a season similar to the one Sissoko did last season and completely turn around his Spurs career.
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